Board of Directors

Kelley Jo Burke

President

Kelley Jo Burke is an award-winning playwright, director, storyteller, CBC documentarian and broadcaster, and mother of three. Her plays include the upcoming Somewhere, Sk., Ducks on the Moon, The Selkie Wife, Jane's Thumb and Charming and Rose: True Love.  She was the 2009 winner of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts, the three time winner of the City of Regina Writing Award, and the 2008 Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Playwriting. 

Marcus Miller

Vice President

Marcus Miller is Director of the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to managing and curating, he teaches courses in the in the Department of Art and Art History on contemporary art.

He has worked across Canada as a curator, writer, artist and a teacher. Until August 2011 he served as Director of Galleries for the City of North Battleford where he curated Portraits: Painting, Face-Pulling and Storytelling featuring paintings by Allen Sapp and historical portraits of Aboriginals from the Drumming Hill Collection. At the Art Gallery of Alberta (2006-09) he curated a number of thought provoking exhibitions including The New Flâneurs: Contemporary Urban Practice and the Picturesque and a major survey of Edmonton artist: Sylvain Voyer. Miller has lectured at Carleton University in the Department of Architecture (Ottawa) and Concordia University (Montréal). He writes art criticism for a wide range of readers: until 2005 as the Montréal Correspondent for Contemporary Magazine (UK), Canadian Art, BorderCrossings and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, among many others.

Yvette Nolan

Treasurer

Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, dramaturg and director. Her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Video, Annie Mae’s Movement, Ham and the Ram, The Birds (a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy) and The Unplugging. Directing credits include Justice, Café Daughter (Gwaandak Theatre), Tombs of the Vanishing Indian, Death of a Chief, The Unnatural and Accidental Women, Annie Mae’s Movement (Native Earth), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (WCTC/National Arts Centre), The Only Good Indian… and The Triple Truth (Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble). She has twice been the festival dramaturg for Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre Spring Festival, and last year directed Adam Pottle’s Ultrasound. From 2003-2011, she served as the Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto. She was the Saskatoon Public Library’s 2011/2012 Writer in Residence, and the University of Regina’s Playwright In Residence. She is currently working on Medicine Shows, a book about Native theatre in Canada.

Joel Bernbaum

Secretary

Joel is an actor, director, educator, journalist, playwright, and the founding artistic director of Sum Theatre. He is a graduate of Carleton University and the Canadian College of Performing Arts, where his Masters’ thesis on Verbatim Theatre’s relationship to Journalism passed with high distinction. As an actor, Joel has performed across Canada with companies including The Belfry Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Puente Theatre and Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. Joel toured Italy and Switzerland with ACLE Theatrino and worked for the Usuki Board of Education in Japan using drama to teach English. Three of Joel’s plays have been professionally produced: Home Is A Beautiful Word at the Belfry Theatre (Victoria BC), Operation Big Rock at Dancing Sky Theatre (Meacham SK) and My Rabbi (co-created with Kayvon Kelly) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival/Canadian tour. My Rabbi received the Saskatoon and Area Theatre award for outstanding new script. For Sum Theatre Joel founded Saskatchewan’s first-ever free professional live Theatre in the Park. He has directed Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Nutana Talks, Walk the Trail, Hercules and The Hockey Sweater (performed on ice). Joel has assistant directed at The Belfry Theatre, Citadel Theatre and Persephone Theatre. Joel was selected as the 2015-2016 Urjo Kareda Outstanding Emerging Artist in Residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. While at Tarragon Joel assistant directed the world premiere productions of Wormwood, Mustard and The Summoned, and mentored in artistic direction with Richard Rose. He is currently working on 3 new verbatim plays: a play about Uber and the shared economy commissioned by Tarragon Theatre, a play about the Syrian refugee experience commissioned by The Belfry Theatre and a play about race relations in Saskatoon funded by The Saskatchewan Arts Board. 

James Hodges

Member at Large

James Hodges has been actively involved in Saskatchewan’s arts and entertainment scene over four decades. During the late 70’s he honed his management skills by producing the Sundog Arts Fair as a volunteer. In 1980 he created Roadside Attractions and Crosstown Entertainment, each focusing on the business of the performing arts. In 1987/88 he created an annual dance subscription series (Dance Alive!) for Saskatoon, hosting Canada’s major dance companies, including international touring companies. For seven years he managed one of North Americas most popular a cappella groups – Saskatoon’s STREETNiX.

Mr. Hodges has presented hundreds of national and international performing artists in Saskatchewan. As well, he has worked with the local arts, business, city of Saskatoon and tourism community producing, marketing and managing dozens of performers, events and celebrations. James Hodges has also volunteered his time on local boards and committee’s, sharing the knowledge gained through his broad business associations.

Kaelen Klypak

Member at Large

Kaelen Klypak received his Arts and Entertainment Management Diploma from Capilano University in North Vancouver and now resides in Saskatoon as the Program Manager for SaskMusic. He manages the export and professional development of Saskatchewan Music Industry Individuals.

Klypak has been actively involved in the Canadian music industry for the past 14 years as a musician, manager, production manager, promoter, and music publisher. He currently runs his own music publishing company called Kmusic Publishing and is a promoter representative for Live Nation and Union Events. He is also a jury member for various music organizations and an active conference committee member for BreakOut West. 

Dr. Kathryn Ricketts

Member at Large

Dr. Kathryn Ricketts has been working for the past 30 years in the field of dance and visual arts, presenting throughout Europe, South America, Africa and Canada. Her work in schools, galleries and community centers focuses on social /political issues with dance, creative writing and visual art as the mobilizing ‘voice’. Her Doctoral research furthered this into areas of literacy, embodiment and cultural studies with a method she coins Embodied Poetic Narrative. She is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education in the University of Regina as the chair of the Dance area. She will be launching The Listening Lab, a visual and performing arts series in her loft in the John Deere Tractor Building this Fall. 

Leesa Streifler

Member at Large

Leesa Streifler was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1957, the daughter and granddaughter of photographers. She studied at the University of Manitoba and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1980. Streifler continued her studies at Hunter College in New York City, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1983. In 1986, she became a visual art instructor at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan. 

In her work, Streifler explores such themes as illness, aging, family, body image, mental health, death, and identity, especially as they relate to women. In exploring these often intense emotional and psychological experiences, Streifler works in a variety of media, including photography, acrylic paint, drawing, and performance. At times, she combines these, as in her altered photographs that incorporate drawing and text.

Streifler's work has been exhibited across Canada and is represented in the permanent collections of the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (Ottawa), Saskatchewan Arts Board, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and Kenderdine Gallery (Saskatoon). Streifler has also self-published a book of drawings and Jeanne Randolph's fiction, Kin (2006).

Leesa Streifler lives in Regina, where she teaches painting and drawing at the University of Regina